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Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) News & Updates
Wow, Rockabill and Azure Among Early Entries for Cruiser Racer Nationals
Buoyant ICRA Commodore Barry Rose has revealed George Sisk's new boat Wow, Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill IV, Rob Davies' Roxy 6 and Anthony O Leary's Antix are all entered for June's ICRA National Championships in Crosshaven in seven weeks time. Vinny…
Irish Cruiser Racer Champs Shaping up for Cork Harbour
Boats are sailing from all four coasts of Ireland for the ICRA National Championships planned for the Royal Cork Yacht Club from 17th to 19th June. Already the event has entries from New Zealand, England, Wales, Dublin, Waterford, Kinsale, Crosshaven,…
Cruiser Racers Head for Royal Cork
The well attended ICRA meeting of March 10th held at Kilkenny covered many interesting sailing topics not least the forthcoming ICRA Championships June 17th to 19th at Crosshaven writes Claire Bateman. Simon McGibney of WIORA confirmed there are already at…
ICRA Nationals 2011 Preview
The Cruiser Racer sailing event of the season is on June 17th - 19th. There is already overseas interest from Wales and the UK for the ICRA Nationals, and this year the event is also being promoted in France. The…
Ten Days of Racing on the South Coast
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association is getting behind Kinsale's Sovereign's Cup to promote the fact that for Cruiser sailing racer fans there will be two great regattas in a 10 day period on the South coast in June. The ICRA…
National Award for Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA)
In the three decades and more of the Mitsubishi Motors/Irish Independent "Sailing Club of the Year" assessments, there has never been an organization only seven years old winning the title. In fact, seniority has often won the day, though in…
New Courses for All Fleets at Scottish Series
Today (7 January) Clyde Cruising Club, organisers of sailing's Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series, announced exciting developments for the 2011 event. The Scottish Series will see a refreshed offering, both on the water and shoreside, benefitting competitors and spectators a like.…
Commodores' Cup Boats Jointly Awarded Boat of the Year Award
There was a strong seal of approval from sailing delegates at the ICRA Conference yesterday evening for the decision to award the Boat of the Year prize to all three Royal Cork boats from the winning Irish Commodore's Cup team.…
Poll Shows Raging Bull as Favourite for ICRA's Boat of the Year
With just 24 hours to go to the announcement of sailing's boat of the year award at tomorrow's Cork harbour ICRA conference the consistent poll topper from Afloat's online survey shows ISORA offshore champion Raging Bull as a clear favourite with…
Delegates Debate IRC Rule Changes at Turkey Conference
The annual IRC Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend of 16 - 17 October.  Delegates from 18 countries reported on IRC activity in 2010 and plans for 2011. The IRC Technical Committee reported that the number of IRC…
New Trailerable 30 Footer to be Unveiled at ICRA Conference
Commodore Barry Rose is urging Cruiser Racers fans to support this weekend's eighth annual ICRA conference at the Carrigaline Court hotel in Carragaline, County Cork. There's a big line up for the one day event that includes a presentation on…
Raging Bull Continues to Lead Reader Poll
In spite of several lead changes at the top of Afloat's 'Who will win ICRA boat of the Year' Poll its the ISORA sailing supremo Raging Bull from Skerries (Matt Davies) that stays readers favourite after 2,500 vote cast so…
Marinerscove Takes Narrow Lead in 'Boat of the Year' Opinion Poll
Marinerscove leads Afloat's sailing Boat of the Year opinion poll that has attracted over 1700 votes to date. After 20 days of voting the lead has changed several times in the fun poll and early leader Erisslanan, who shared boat of…
Corby and Mills for Cruiser Racer Conference
There is always the chance when you invite two of the world's leading designers that there could be a 'blow the doors off' expose of the IRC handicap rule.....In any event next month's ICRA conference features both John Corby and Mark…
Offshore Ace Leads Online Boat of the Year Poll
After nearly two weeks of voting Matt Davis offshore sailing achievements in Raging Bull tops the readers opinion poll on ICRA's Boat of the Year award.  Since the poll started on October 7th, 900 votes have been cast and the…
'Raging Bull' Overtakes 'Errislannan' in 'Boat of the Year' Poll
Raging Bull overtook Errislannan in Afloat readers opinion poll at lunch time on who will win the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Boat of the Year Award, in just over a month's time. Over 350 voters have given their opinion so…

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)

 

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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